The Federal Communications Commission is reportedly set to begin its formal repeal of Obama-era net neutrality regulations as early as Thursday.
That's because the Federal Communications Commission cut through the last bit of red tape today by publishing the repeal of net neutrality rules in the Federal Register (PDF).
The lawsuit comes about two months after the agency voted 3-2 along party lines to dismantle rules passed in 2015 to ensure that all traffic on the internet is treated equally and to prevent broadband and wireless providers from blocking or slowing online content. "It might not be called Net neutrality, but (it will address) what role should government have in this powerful new medium of the Internet".
Amy Spitalnick, a spokeswoman for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, said that they will refile their lawsuit against the FCC "once the final rule is published". During the vote to repeal the regulations, FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly said he would not stand for "a hodgepodge of state rules". The FCC says it will "preempt any state or local measures that would effectively impose rules or requirements that we have repealed or made a decision to refrain from imposing in this order". Governors of several states - New Jersey, Montana and NY - have already signed executive orders that effectively establish net neutrality principles at the state level. In three years' time the Democrats could be back in the White House, if this is the case it would be a fair bet to assume the net neutrality rules would be back in play. However, the chances of preserving net neutrality via the Congressional Review Act seem slim.
Vimeo has not offered a statement regarding its legal action, but Bloomberg reported that the video platform - along with other companies, such as Mozilla - has mounted a legal challenge against the FCC, which could reopen the debate surrounding net neutrality.
Net neutrality supporters in Congress are also now able to try to overturn the repeal through legislation. But it remains to be seen. The Attorneys General of 22 states have signed on to the legal challenge.
The FCC has cited April 23 as the day when it will put its rollback of net neutrality into effect, but staunch defenders of the open internet are not going down without a fight.
More: Net neutrality rules threaten to rewind the Internet back to 2014.